Are The '09 Saints Better Than The '07 Patriots?

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Are The '09 Saints Better Than The '07 Patriots?
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By Derek Lofland.

One of the trendy topics right now is whether the 2009 New Orleans Saints are a better offensive unit than the record-setting 2007 New England Patriots.

The Saints are undefeated and putting up numbers at a historic pace, so the discussion was bound to come up. I am here to tell you that the New England Patriots were a vastly superior offense, and it really is not even that close.

This is the world we are in today. Someone or some team starts putting up big numbers and it is the best ever. I'm going to remind people how much better the 2007 New England team was on offense by looking at a few statistics and other factors.

 

1) Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees - It is not even close. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is on pace to complete 362 passes in 530 attempts for 4,672 yards, 34 touchdowns, 14 picks, and a QB rating of 106.1. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 398 passes in 578 attempts for 4,860 yards, 50 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a QB rating of 117.2.

Brady was superior in every facet of the game. Slightly better completion percentage, more completions, more attempts, more passing yards, way more passing touchdowns and a much better QB rating.

Brees has 17 touchdowns and seven picks through his first eight games. Brady had 30 touchdown passes and two picks in his first eight games. Brady also had at least three touchdown passes in every game over the first eight games of his schedule. Brees has already been held out of the end zone twice and has had only one touchdown pass in two other games.

Brady's 2007 season is light years ahead of Brees, both in terms of the first eight games and where Brees is projected to end up. The statistics show that it is not even close...


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